November 4 2010

Rogue chosen among nation for restoration

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Fish ladder may be in Rockford’s future by Beth Altena  “If you have a business in Rockford, this will make a difference to your business,” said Glenn Blackwood of Great Lakes Fly Fishing, a Rockford business. Blackwood spoke before Rockford Rotary, telling members that the Rogue River has been selected as one of only twelve rivers across the United States for a multi-year restoration project organized by Trout Unlimited (TU). Blackwood spoke in terms of business for Rotary, but might well have said if you live in Rockford, this will affect you positively. Selection process began over two years ago when TU researchers considered three Michigan rivers for restoration and protection. Because of strong support in the area by environmental groups, donations by local business and non-profit partners and the extreme value of the Rogue as a fishery, the Rogue was chosen over the Rifle and Pigeon/Black rivers. The project is a far-reaching effort that will encompass the entire Rogue River watershed from its beginning in the former Rice Lake headlands in Newaygo County on through the waterway to its influx into the Grand River. Efforts will include working with cities and municipalities along the way to the very riverbed under the Rogue’s cold waters, said Nicol De Mol, who has been hired by Trout Unlimited to head the project for the Rogue. “As a major cold water tributary to the Grand River and its close proximity to a large population center, the Rogue River is an extremely important resource in southern Michigan,” said De Mol. “The lower portion of the river, below the dam in Rockford, is fabled for its excellent steelhead runs in the late winter and early spring. The eastern tributaries, particularly Cedar, Stegman, and Duke Creeks, host significant brook, brown and rainbow trout fisheries. The scenic and fishery values of the Rogue have resulted in more than 90 miles the main stem and tributaries being granted “Natural Rivers” status under Michigan’s Natural Rivers Act.” Blackwood noted that, although the river is famous as a fishery, it has nonetheless gained 7 to 8 degrees in temperatures from earlier years. A restoration of a river in “pretty good shape but with significant room for improvement” will result in more fish, bigger fish and […]

RHS marching band takes top honors

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The Rockford High School marching band captured first place in Flight I competition at the Jenison Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 23 with a score of 85.31 and swept top honors for music, marching and general effect. Brian Phillips, Rockford marching band director, commented, “The students are truly working hard and pulling together an exciting show. Every week, we’ve been able to add more to an already complex presentation.” The grand champion honor for the evening was awarded to Reeths-Puffer, who posted a score of 87.02 in Flight II performance. Other top winners included Stevensville Lakeshore with 79.39 in Flight III, and Newaygo with 74.17 in Flight IV. Schools are ranked by MCBA in one of four flights according to school enrollment figures the previous spring. In order to qualify for state finals at Ford Field on November 6, bands must compete in at least two MCBA-sanctioned contests and place among the 11 highest scoring bands in its flight. Rockford has made the state finals every year since joining the association. Under MCBA contest rules, bands are judged by seven adjudicators in four general areas: music performance, visual performance, general music effect, and general visual effect. Under both music and visual performances, the band is rated on individual and ensemble performances and involves judges both on and off the field during the performance. Rockford’s band has one remaining MCBA event—the Reeths-Puffer West Shore Invitational on October 30, which was held in the Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium at Rockford High School—before the state championship at Ford Field. For more information visit

North Stars shine brightly

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Five North Rockford Middle School choir students have been selected to perform in the Michigan School Vocal Music Association’s Junior High/Middle School State Honors Choirs this coming January in Grand Rapids. The auditions were held on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Mt. Pleasant High School. Aleigha Kely, Eve Hillman and Emily Gordon, all eighth-graders, were selected to perform in the 7th-/8th-/9th-Grade SSA Honors Choir. Michaela Jones (eighth grade) and Betsy Hoekstra (seventh grade) were selected to perform in the 6th-/7th-/8th-Grade SA Honors Choir. They are among the top 100 students in the state selected for each choir. The girls had to prepare a required audition piece and perform it from memory for the audition. They also had to learn a second piece that they performed along with the audition piece on a mini-concert later in the day. These girls will now attend three all-day Saturday rehearsals at various sites across the state. Their performance will be on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 3:00 p.m. on stage at DeVos Place as part of the statewide annual Michigan Music Conference held in Grand Rapids.

Baldwin signs letter of intent to attend Spring Arbor University

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Rockford baseball is pleased to announce that senior Bryan Baldwin has officially signed a letter of intent with Spring Arbor University (SAU). Baldwin will be joining former Ram standout Shane Street (2009). Baldwin was recruited as a pitcher. SAU has recently made back-to-back trips to the NAIA World Series. The SAU team was semifinalist in 2008, and was runner-up in 2007. SAU head baseball coach Sam Riggleman has been recognized two times by the NAIA with National Baseball Coach of the Year honors. In 2009, as a sophomore, Baldwin helped lead the Rams to their first OK Red conference title in 21 years with his outstanding pitching. In 2010, he continued to improve and was rewarded with First Team OK Red All Conference and All District accolades. Baldwin, the hard-throwing “righty,” is also regarded as one of the top pitchers in West Michigan. In the summer, Baldwin plays travel baseball for Rockford Team Ram. Team Ram is coached by Rockford High School varsity assistant coach Steve Fusee. Baldwin is the son of Ken and Prisilla Baldwin of Rockford.

Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher — November 4, 2010

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Pretty scary The scary election commercials are over and now we’re back to the regular dumb TV commercials. That’s the good news. Despite new people in office, nothing much will change. That’s the bad news. Subprime Court I agree with Richard Jackson Jr. (Rockford) that we don’t need big corporations promoting candidates with huge sums. The Supreme Court ought to review its ruling. Good one A good joke bears repeating: Harry had lived his life as a miser and squirreled away all his money. Just before he died, he said to his wife, “I want you to put all my money in the casket with me.” Despite his flaws, his wife loved him. She promised, with all her heart, that she’d do it. Well, he died. At the funeral, just before the undertakers closed the casket, the wife said, “Wait a moment!” She took a small metal box out of her purse and put it in the casket. The undertakers locked the lid and rolled it away. Her best friend whispered, “Girl, I know you weren’t foolish enough to put all that money in there.” “Listen, I’m a Christian,” said the wife. “I can’t go back on my word. I promised him I’d put the money in the casket.” Aghast, her friend said, “You mean to tell me you did put that money in the casket with him?” “I certainly did,” said the wife. “I got it all together, put it in my account, and wrote him a check.”  Reports from marriages 1. I had some words with my wife and she had some paragraphs with me. 2. Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. Well, we take time to go to a nice restaurant twice a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.  Reports from grandparents 1. My little granddaughter was diligently pounding away on my computer. She told me she was writing a story. “What’s it about?” I asked. “I don’t know,” she replied. “I can’t read.” 2. I didn’t know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her. I’d point out something and ask what color it was. She’d tell me, and she was always right. […]

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